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Writing and Communicating Technical Information: Definitions

What is a Definition?

"Every specialty has its own technical language. Engineers, architects, or programmers talk about torque, tolerances, or microprocessors; lawyers, real estate brokers, and investment councilors discuss easements, liens, amortization, or escrow accounts. Whenever such terms are unfamiliar to an audience, they need defining" (Lannon, Klepp, & Gurak, 2015, p. 239).

Lannon, J.M., Klepp, D. & Gurak L.J. (2015). Technical communication (6th Canadian ed.).Toronto : Pearson Canada.

Sample Definitions

These samples are from the Free Online Textbook for Technical Writing provided and maintained by David McMurrey.

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Key Resources for Definitions

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